Air Force improves efficiencies for special warfare Airmen

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Air Force improves efficiencies for special warfare Airmen

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs , / Published December 13, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --
The Air Force recently consolidated and moved enlisted members of Air Force Special Warfare to new Air Force specialty codes to encompass AFSPECWAR operator, enabler and support specialties.

“The Air Force is invested in ensuring ready and lethal special warfare Airmen who operate primarily from the land domain to achieve air, space and cyberspace dominance for the joint force,” said Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew P. Donovan. “These Airmen will provide the connective tissue to conduct multi-domain operations, even in the most difficult scenarios.”

As of Oct. 31, 2019, the new special warfare career field (1Z) includes the following AFSCs: pararescue (1Z1X1), combat control (1Z2X1), tactical air control party (1Z3X1) and special reconnaissance (1Z4X1). The special warfare enabler career field (1T) includes Airmen who train, integrate with and accompany operators and teams to enable additional capabilities, such as survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist (1T0X1). In addition, a special warfare mission support reporting identifier (9ZXX1) was created for Airmen in specific positions that provide consultative leadership on all special warfare mission support enlisted matters.

The Air Force special warfare enterprise includes special tactics officers, combat rescue officers, TACP officers. It also includes enlisted combat controllers, pararescuemen, TACP, special reconnaissance, SERE specialists and combat mission support Airmen.

Changes for special warfare officer AFSCs are expected to go into effect in April 2020.

“The Airmen who choose these specialties are ordinary Americans with extraordinary grit and determination. Through incredible hard work and unparalleled discipline, they’ve forged themselves into teams of exceptional physical and mental strength. They are trained for the toughest missions in the most unforgiving environments,” said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson. “Their skills are more in demand today than ever. This movement to new AFSCs is just one of the ways that AFSPECWAR is responding to the evolving mix of threats that the Air Force confronts today and will in the future.”

In addition to the AFSC changes, Headquarters Air Force stood up an Air Force Special Warfare Directorate on Oct. 3. This new directorate is the focal point on the air staff that will provide senior-level integration and management to better organize, train, equip and employ special warfare Airmen on the battlefield through resourcing requirements and providing overarching career field guidance and direction. Previously, special tactics, Guardian Angel and TACP Airmen were spread out across seven major commands with different sources of funding, training and operational requirements.

“These communities have a long record of success on and off the battlefield. AFSPECWAR will continue to build on that legacy while aligning with the National Defense Strategy and evolving for future threats,” said Col. Thomas Palenske, director of the new Air Force Special Warfare directorate at the Pentagon. “Special warfare Airmen need to focus on acting as sensors, communicators and human weapons systems, enabling enhanced multi-domain command and control and air superiority from the ground in anti-access area denial environments. They will be better able to do that with the help of this new directorate as we develop and streamline career field management processes, policy and guidance to make their jobs easier.”

Within the last year, special warfare initiatives included the activation of the Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and the 330th Recruiting Squadron at JB San Antonio-Randolph. The 330th RCS focuses solely on recruiting Air Force special warfare operators and enablers while the SWTW centralizes training to meet the demands of the future battlefield.

“AFSPECWAR delivers ground-based access and placement to conduct preparation of the battlefield operations to the advantage of the Air Force to counter (anti-access/area denial) threats. Our Airmen’s unique capabilities enable air, space and cyber dominance from the ground,” Palenske said. “To be successful, the Air Force must leverage special warfare to execute its mission on an increasingly complex and contested battlefield.”
 

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The new never previously existing Reporting Identifiers from 31 Oct 2019 AFECD.

43. 9Z000, Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) Chief Enlisted Manager (CEM) on Headquarters Air Force Staff, Air Force Special Warfare Division. (Established 31 Oct 19) Use this identifier to report the awarded (2AFSC, 3AFSC, or 4AFSC – not PAFSC), control and duty AFSCs of CMSgts who are serving in these nominative position performing full time duties as the HAF SWMS Chief Enlisted Manager. The SWMS CEM are the senior enlisted advisor to the Headquarters Air Force (HAF) Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR) Functional Manager providing expert consultative leadership on all Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) enlisted matters. Serving as the SWMS representatives in the AFSPECWAR division, the HAF SWMS CEM networks with the AFSPECWAR Career Field Managers (CFM) of: 13CX, Special Statics; 13DX, Combat Rescue Officer; 13LX, Air Liaison Officer; 1Z2XX, Combat Control; 1Z3XX, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP); 1T0XX, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE); 1Z1XX, Pararescue and 1Z4XX, Special Reconnaissance to advocate for the 21 SWMS AFSCs in all matters, staffing requirements and initiatives regarding AFSPECWAR. Participates in development and execution of AFSPECWAR Planning, Programming and Budgeting. Partners with HAF/A1 and the Air Force Personnel and Manpower Agency to validate enlisted authorizations. Coordinates with HAF/A1, Air Force Personnel Center, assigned support AFSC Career Field Managers, MAJCOM Functional Managers, and Superintendents on enlisted manpower and personnel management matters (i.e., SWMS Wing and Squadron Superintendent Selections, Career Progression Group, assignments, training, etc.). Oversees human capital development of enlisted Airmen through AFSPECWAR SWMS enlisted combat mission readiness training, readiness skills verification training programs and enlisted force development, ensuring proficiency and mission-readiness. Champions enlisted recognition programs for the assigned AFSPECWAR SWMS personnel.
43.1. Mandatory Requirements for Entry:
43.1.1. Must hold one of the following AFSC’s: 1P000, 3D100 and 3F500.
43.1.2. Serving in the rank of CMSgt or CMSgt-select.
43.1.3. Completion of Chief Leadership Course, AF SNCO Academy, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I and II, and bachelor’s degree.
43.1.4. Must currently possess or be eligible for TS/SCI clearance.
43.1.5. Prior assignments of: Special Tactics, Guardian Angel, Tactical Air Control Party, or Joint are required.
43.1.6. Prior experience of: Higher Headquarter or Staff Level, Group and Squadron Superintendent or equivalent level experience.

44. 9Z100, Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) Senior Enlisted Leader, Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR). (Established 31 Oct 19) Use this identifier to report the awarded (2AFSC, 3AFSC, or 4AFSC – not PAFSC), control and duty AFSCs of CMSgt who is serving in these nominative position performing full time duties as the wing SWMS Senior Enlisted Leader. The SWMS Senior Enlisted Leader ensures personnel equity over all support AFSCs and provides leadership and management in organizing, equipping, and training assigned personnel in their respective organizations to support the Air Force Special Warfare construct. Participates in development and execution of MAJCOM/Wing/Group AFSPECWAR Planning, Programming and Budgeting. Senior advisor to Headquarters Air Force (HAF) Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) Chief Enlisted Manager (CEM) for Wing staffing requirements and initiatives. Coordinates with HAF A3TS, Air Force Personnel Center, Control Air Force Specialty Code (CAFSC) MAJCOM Functional Managers, Wing Commander, and Group/Squadron Superintendents on enlisted manpower and personnel management matters (SWMS Superintendent Selections, Career Progression Group, assignments, training, etc.). Interprets and enforces policies and applicable directives. Establishes support procedures to meet mission goals and standards. Recommends or initiates actions to improve mission support operation efficiency. Represents and provides enlisted perspective for assigned support AFSCs and channels these issues to the Headquarter Air Force (HAF) SWMS CEM. Resolves issues between subordinates in their respective organizations. Performs Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties (Performance Work Statements, Acquisition Strategy, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection coordination, Request for Service Contract (RSCA) approval forms, Visitor Service Agreements, DD254’s – Contract Security Classification, etc.) for contract services as applicable (Example: HPP, Dive Locker, Parachute Packing, Vehicles, etc.). Oversees human capital development of enlisted Airmen through SWMS MAJCOM Initial Special Operations Forces (ISOF) training, readiness skills verification training programs, enlisted force
development, and ensuring proficiency and mission-readiness. Champions MAJCOM enlisted recognition programs for the assigned Air Force Special Warfare SWMS personnel.
44.1. Mandatory Requirements for Entry:
44.1.1. Must hold one of the following AFSC’s: 1P000, 3D100 and 3F500.
44.1.2. Serving in the rank of CMSgt or CMSgt-select
44.1.3. Completion of Chief Leadership Course, AF SNCO Academy, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I and II, and bachelor’s degree.
44.1.4. Must currently possess or be eligible for TS/SCI clearance.
44.1.5. Prior assignments of: Special Tactics, Guardian Angel, Tactical Air Control Party, or Joint are required.

45. 9Z200, Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) Superintendent, Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR). (Established 31 Oct 19) Use this identifier to report the awarded (2AFSC, 3AFSC, or 4AFSC – not PAFSC), control and duty of an airman who is serving in a nominative position performing full time duties as squadron SWMS Superintendent. The SWMS Superintendent ensures personnel equity of various support AFSCs and provides leadership and management in organizing, equipping, and training assigned personnel in their respective organizations to support the Air Force Special Warfare construct. Conducts specialized training, equipping, and procedures associated with all assigned support AFSC. Attends to leadership challenges in training, testing, techniques, and procedures in the joint and/or combined communities. Manages and directs personnel resource activities. Interprets and enforces policies and applicable directives. Establishes support procedures to meet mission goals and standards. Recommends or initiates actions to improve mission support operation efficiency. Represents and provides enlisted perspective for assigned support AFSCs and channels these issues to the Wing (MAJCOM) SWMS 9Z100. Coordinates with Group or Wing SWMS, Air Force Personnel Center, and Group/Squadron Superintendents on SWMS enlisted manpower and personnel management matters (SWMS assignment selections, career progression, training, etc.). Resolves issues between subordinates in their respective organizations.
45.1. Mandatory Requirements for Entry:
45.1.1. Must hold one of the following AFSC’s: 1P091, 3D190, 3F500
45.1.2. Serving in the rank of SMSgt and SMSgt-select.
45.1.3. Completion of Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy or equivalent Sister Service Enlisted Professional Military Education, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I and II, and Initial Special Operations Forces course prior to reporting desired.
45.1.4. Must currently possess or be eligible for TS/SCI clearance.
45.1.5. Prior experience of: Special Tactics, Guardian Angel, Tactical Air Control Party, or Joint are required. 45.1.6. Prefer working knowledge of some or all personnel programs, equipment management, manpower and finance are required.
 
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